Visitor Center Closing at 1 pm
Thursday Sept 4, 2014 the park visitor center will close at 1:00 pm.
Area disruptions Sept 3 and Sept 4
Both local area streets, and walkways will be affected Sept 3 - Sept 4 by the NFL Gameday Village and Seattle Seahawks home opener. Street parking may be extremely limited and in area private lots will have higher than normal special event prices.
Lesson 17: Arrival in Dawson City
1. Begin with a whole class discussion with teacher saying the following:
2. Share photographs of Dawson in the early day of the gold rush to give a visual to students. Ask students to share what they think life was like in Dawson at this time. Continue discussion:
3. As a method of debate do the Human Continuum. Present the first question: Should we stay in Dawson City? Have students line-up against a wall making a continuum. One end of the continuum is for those that strongly agree that they should stay while the other end is for the students who disagree. Have each child explain why he/she chose to stand where he/she did.
4. Students write in their journals about this experience. Students should begin by describing their arrival into Dawson using descriptive language and details about the experience. Students should include factual information given during the discussion. Each student should also include his or her individual plan for the future. Are they planning on staying in Dawson? What will they start a new business in Dawson? Will they try to buy a piece of land already staked? Or, will they sell their supplies and head back home?
OBJECTIVE: To help build a mental picture of the town of Dawson in the spring of 1898; To understand that only disappointment awaited many of the newly arriving Stampeders; To make a final decision — should the Stampeders stay in Dawson or return back home?
TIME: 60 minutes
Did You Know?
Over 3000 pack animals perished during the winter of 1897-98 on the White Pass Trail between Skagway and the Canadian border.